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Music Composition

At WVU we have created a unique environment where our students can work with a faculty consisting of internationally known performers, pedagogues and scholars.

Career Profile

Alumni of our programs are award-winning educators, composers and teachers.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

MUSC 160 Introduction Music Composition MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 MUSC 341 Chamber Music: Guitar MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - CCA

Senior Year

MUSC 303 Orchestra MUSC 467 Major Project Thry/Cmpstn/Hist MUSC 460 Upper Division Composition MUSC 425D Applied Music: Violin MUSC 433 Methods and Pedagogy

By the Numbers

Facts and figures that make this major unique:

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Education Program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teaching Education and the West Virginia Department of Education.

Alumni Profile

Jay Chattaway

For almost 20 years on Star Trek, the starship Enterprise soared through the galaxies to the musical motifs of composer Jay Chattaway, a WVU composition and music education graduate. Born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monongahela, Pa., Chattaway started composing music in junior high school and came to WVU on a music scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1968 and later with a master’s degree. “When I was at WVU, I had the opportunity to write for the Percussion Ensemble, and they actually played my music live,” Chattaway says. “That is a rare thing. At most schools, students write music and never have the chance to hear it played live. Maybe they hear it on a computer or something, but they are not able to stand up in front of an ensemble and listen to their music being performed. WVU is a place where this kind of thing happens."

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